SMB owners working long hours each week

Thursday 15 August 2013

With small and medium-sized business (SMB) leaders working long hours each week, the importance of using productivity solutions has never been greater.

In a recent study, call handling firm Penelope found that SMB bosses work an average of 52 hours per week - 63 per cent longer than ordinary employees, reports SmallBusiness.co.uk.

And there is no sign of this trend reversing any time soon - the Office of National Statistics has reported a 0.3 per cent increase in hours worked in the last three months alone.

Ed Reeves, co-founder of Penelope, noted that running a small company means taking on a variety of different roles.

"Many micro-business owners are both time and cash-strapped - they need to make the most of every day because the amount of time being squeezed into the working week is enormous," he stated.

This is potentially where IT has an important role to play.

Using Office 365, SMB leaders and employees can access a wide range of Microsoft solutions - including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Lync and SharePoint - online, from multiple devices.

This can help SMBs to make the most of each hour of the working day, with employees able to be productive irrespective of their location.

Click here to find out more about Microsoft Office 365.

Posted by Alex Boardman